One man has discovered that skipping out on a subway fare really doesn't pay. Ruben Sanabria was sentenced to 7 years in prison over $2 in subway fare he avoided when he hopped a turnstile. Granted as the New York Post shares on Feb. 12, it wasn't the $2 in and of itself that got Sanabria in trouble. However, one would say if you are carrying an illegal handgun, it may be to your benefit to pay your subway fare.
Ruben Sanabria hopped the turnstile for the Manhattan PATH, and two police officers grabbed him. As they searched him the officers found a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, and Sanabria had a holster and extra bullets with him as well. Ruben pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and he could have been sentenced to as many as 15 years. Instead, he got 7 years in prison and an additional 3 ½ years of probation.
The district attorney thinks Ruben Sanabria got what he deserved in this case, as he says preventing gun violence is one of his top priorities. Chances are that getting 7 years in prison over a $2 subway fare skip has definitely taught Ruben Sanabria a lesson.